Where’s Bunga? Tracking Orangutans with Drones and Gnu-Radio (v2.0)


I has taken 8 months to complete this writeup, but better late than never. It’s been a mixture of life and things going (too) well at Oxbotica.

Anyway, the TL;DR is that this is a summary of my trip to Borneo in May this year with v2.0 of my drone based orangutan tracking system, developed in partnership with International Animal Rescue (IAR). The story of v1.0 and why one would uberhaupt need to track orangutan’s in the jungle, and why using a drone is useful can be found in this post.

As an interesting aside, the v1.0 system got lost in a tree somewhere last time. But a few months after my return somebody randomly stumbled across the drone bits in the jungle (see top right picture in the collage below).

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